God has commanded His people in Matthew 28:19 to “go and make disciples of all nations.” From the earliest days of the AFLC, its people have recognized the need to be faithful to that command right here in the United States. One of our chief reasons for existence is to develop free, living Lutheran congregations where the Word is preached and taught so that people repent of their sins and look to Christ alone for salvation. It is the Gospel message that brings transformation to people, neighborhoods and entire cities.
What is a "Gathering"?
We define an AFLC Gathering as a group of seekers (unbelievers or Christians) who gather for the purpose of seeking the Lord through the study of the Word to become disciple-makers. The intent is to enable these believers to mature in the Lord so that they can lay a foundation for the beginnings of a free and living AFLC congregation. Single, couples and families meeting regularly for Bible study, with a focus on growing in their faith, living in community, and discipleship. As God confirms, these Gatherings will begin Sunday morning worship services and start a new congregation
We've Made This Too Complicated
We believe we've made "church planting" way to complicated! In fact, we think it's pretty simple:
- Meeting people where they’re at with love, compassion, and kindness and introducing them to Jesus, their Savior.
- Helping them grow in their faith through discipleship and leadership training.
- Engaging our young and old to use their gifts to make disciples.
- Encouraging you to join the journey with us!
The Waikiki Beach Gathering meets next to the beach every Sunday afternoon!
There are two types of church planting methods modeled in the New Testament. The AFLC has both models. Historically we have followed the "Peter Model". In the future, we may have to adapt more to the "Paul Model". Here are a few simple distinctives of each model:
Immigration – Ethnic Churches
Flows from the idea: “If we build, they will come”
Pastor = in study
Successful in rural communities
Growth model: Addition
Cost to build: 1 million +
Meeting at church
Seeking people of all ethnic backgrounds
Going into the workplace
Pastor = in community
Growth model: Multiplication
Cost to build: relatively inexpensive
Frequently Asked Questions
How are Gatherings formed?
Gatherings typically flow from one of the following:
- Individuals contacting our AFLC Home Missions office who desire an AFLC church in their area.
- AFLC Congregations sponsoring, planting or mothering a Gathering with a working relationship between AFLC churches and Home Missions (contacts through local congregation).
How are Gatherings supported?
- AFLC Home Missions provides training, accountability, structure, insurance, guidance, and prayer support.
- Home Mission pastors, Barnabas teams and Parish Builders are our special forces that serve these new Gatherings.
- Financial gifts from individuals or congregations can be designated for specific Gatherings on our Donate page.